“Japanese wine” and “domestic wine” are actually different.
Japanese wine is the wine that was made in Japan with purely domestic grapes.
Domestic wine is the wine that was made in Japan with imported grapes or concentrated grape juice.
Japanese wine and domestic wine can be determined by checking the label on each product.
A common error is to assume that domestic wine and Japanese wine mean the same thing.
So, please be careful that you don’t misunderstand that.
Most domestic wines are relatively inexpensive, and they taste alright.
Various grapes may be blended.
At one time, there were few Japanese wines.
It was a commonly accepted theory that the climate of Japan was not suitable for winemaking.
In the first place, wine was less popular among Japanese people than it is now.
Today, the production of wonderful Japanese wine has been increasing through the efforts of Japanese winemakers.
“Muscat Bailey A” and “Koshu” are the wine grapes that were created by grape breeding, and these grapes are known as the representative wine grapes for Japanese wine.
Of course, grapes found throughout the world, such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Chardonnay are cultivated in today’s Japan.
Today, wine is being made across Japan.
Famous wine-making districts are Yamanashi Prefecture, Nagano Prefecture, and Hokkaido.
The temperature differences between day and night in those districts are extreme.
In addition, those districts are high-altitude places.
Those conditions are suitable for winemaking.
These days, abnormal climates are becoming more frequent in Japan.
It is an important concern for winemakers.
I think that Japanese wine will become more popular all over the world because it goes well with Japanese cuisine.
Sake is also great, but it has a peculiar taste.
Japanese wine should feel familiar to non-Japanese people.